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Summer/Autumn 2013
Catalog update:
May 15, 2013

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There are 93 quarter hours required for this degree, as follows:

Understanding Human Behavior (4 courses equaling 16 credit hours)

​Life Cycle in Context (2 courses equaling 8 credit hours)

Community and Social Justice (2 courses equaling 8 credit hours)

Methods (2 courses equaling 8 credit hours)

Effective Group Dynamics (3 courses equaling 12 credit hours)

Advanced Leadership Skills (3 courses equaling 12 credit hours)

Adult Learning Seminars (10 courses equaling 21 credit hours)

Electives

Additional elective credit may be required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 quarter hours (128 semester hours). 

RELC 329

PERSUASION

Explores major theoretical assumptions of current persuasion research. Examines causes and effects of effective and ineffective persuasion.Analyzes persuasive skills and strategies for a variety of persuasion applications, e.g. political, interpersonal, intercultural, and advertising. (Formerly CMNS 329)

PSY 347

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Survey of social psychological theory and research on how individual behavior, thoughts, and feelings are influenced by the social context in which they occur.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105, PSY 106 or the equivalent of Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 363

ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ADDICTION AND RECOVERY

Survey of major research findings in the area of alcoholism and drug addiction. Description of treatment programs for recovery and explorations of drug free ways to alter consciousness.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105, PSY 106 or the equivalent of Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 307

ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR

This course targets the link between the physical environment and social behavior. Every physical space is also a social space; its organization contains a "code" of responsive behavior for people to understand. We focus on these "codes," and examine the ways they provoke conformity and deviance from individuals and groups. Students are expected to enter the social environment and gather publicly-observable data for analysis in the classroom setting. The ethics of social research, and of an observer's interaction with the environment, are key points of inquiry during the quarter. Students in this course work at a "pre-ethnography" level, and are primed by its conclusion to enter and analyze any social group and its physical surround.

DCM 323

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING AND THE AGED

This course provides an overview of the current theories, themes and issues of adult development and aging. In addition to understanding these theories and issues, students will explore questions such as: Does wisdom come with increasing age? Do people really change over time? What are the keys to positive aging?

PSY 302

PERSONAL ADJUSTMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH

Psychological principles involved in personality and interpersonal adjustments. May only be taken for credit toward psychology major by students in the Comprehensive Evening Program. May be taken as general elective by all students.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105, PSY 106 or the equivalent of Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 354

COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Focus on systemic and ecological theories of human behavior, diversity, social support, community intervention and evaluation, empowerment, social change, and working with underserved populations. Community service project strongly encouraged. Cross level with PSY 654.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105, PSY 106 or the equivalent of Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 325

WORK & SOCIETY

We will consider work from the perspective of our needs and values, but also from the perspective of the needs of society. We will also consider the value that society assigns to different types of work (and the impact of that valuation on us as individuals and as members of various social groups). Other topics will include how work affects our family and social lives, the impact of modern values on how we view our work, and the role of technology in how we do our work and in how we view our work.

DCM 308

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

This course will teach students the basic concepts of statistics. As a group, we will investigate topics in descriptive statistics, correlation, normal distributions, probability, sampling distributions and hypothesis testing. By the end of this course, students will able to complete a statistical analysis of datasets using Microsoft Excel as the primary tool. We will also devote considerable time to discussing how statistics are used and abused.

DCM 309

APPLIED RESEARCH

This course allows the student to develop competence in the process of systematic, academic inquiry. The Applied Research course requirements focus on key aspects of inquiry. Students create a research proposal responding to a purpose, problem, and question each chooses to target (but do not actually carry out the data collection or analysis during this particular quarter). Students will explore research methodologies"quantitative and qualitative" and create a research design proposal based on a literature review and carefully constructed question, hypothesis, and methodology.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

ORGC 353

COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

Explores the impact of change on the day to day work experience of organizational members. How culture, management philosophy and individual performances are influenced by change. Political, symbolic interactional, and human resource perspectives are explored. (Organizational) (Formerly CMNS 353)

ORGC 316

COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING

Advanced undergraduate course in small group communication. Students develop skills and abilities in identifying various factors that contribute to the success and failure of group decision-making in organizational contexts. Class sessions will focus on theories, research, and practices in group processes, and their applications to issues in real life. (Formerly CMNS 316)

DCM 324

EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS

This course design unifies two levels of human behavior and motivation: group and personal. Processes leading to decision-making and other actions rest in articulable patterns on both corporate and individual dimensions. We seek, in this educational arena, to activate and analyze this set of motives and to apprehend, and perhaps predict, this bi-lateral source of human motivation. In so doing, the group-level patterns leading to appreciable action and those emanating from each individual will more easily be understood, and their root patterns put to beneficial use.

DCM 310

THINKING CRITICALLY

This course strengthens students' analytical thinking ability through practice in the skills and strategies of critical thinking and reading, and in the construction and evaluation of logical arguments. In pursuing these goals, we encounter principles of logic, strategies of persuasion, and techniques of propaganda. The course presents a variety of readings, exercises, and projects designed to help students develop learning and skill in the following areas: identifying assumptions, connecting assertions to evidence, stating generalizations, analyzing arguments, and bringing multiple perspectives to bear on complex issues and questions.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 311

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION

This course will examine several aspects of communication. We will examine perception, assumption, language and sensitivity in the workplace and beyond, applying strategies drawn from theory to actual work-place situations. Successful collaboration and teamwork are the result of clear interpersonal communication. Done well, collaborative problem solving stimulates new ideas and more sophisticated approaches. To this end, we will consider the issues of empathy and personal style in the workplace and beyond. The question of conflict will be examined from several angles, and defined in several practical ways. We will analyze the differences and similarities between (among others) status-based, ego-based and issue-based conflicts in the workplace and beyond, and apply the theory of principled negotiation to identify and resolve these conflicts.

DCM 303

LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS

This course is designed to explore the research, practices, purposes and scope of leadership as a tool to develop leadership skills that will influence and inspire others. Both individual and organizational aspects will be presented and will include such areas as behaviors, ethics, communications, cultures and current practices. Emphasis will be on application of leadership theories and skill building through self-assessment exercises and cases.

DCM 313

LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT

Students will explore the nature of learning from experience and self-assessment. They will develop a reflective learning autobiography and read about theories of adult learning. Students will also be introduced to the DePaul Library, taking the online library tutorial. Time management issues and tools, as well as life stages and learning interests will also be explored.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 314

LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATION

Building on last quarter's seminar, student will look closely at the notion of transformative learning. Additionally, using learning style inventories, they will reflect on ways to exercise various learning styles in their work, and capitalize on their strengths.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 315

EXPLORING THE FIELD

Students will work on professional goal setting and action plans by conducting research on their chosen field, exploring trends, ethical issues, controversies, best preparation strategies, and other salient matters. In addition, the concept of "good work" and what that means for one's own career will be debated and discussed.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 316

WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

Globalization of the world's economy has dramatically changed the interactions of people from different cultures. As a result, the importance of understanding cultural difference has increased significantly. This seminar will introduce students to the challenges and opportunities associated with living, working and learning in a global environment. This will be done through discussion, reading, case studies, films and exercises to increase cultural self awareness as well as cross-cultural sensitivity.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 317

ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS

Students will explore various approaches to determining right, morally acceptable, behavior. Epistemology and several ethical frameworks will be examined. Students will write, discuss, and debate case studies from their workplaces or field.

DCM 318

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS

Students will look at the nature of social justice, creating a working definition of the widely used term. Readings will guide examination of issues of social justice in students' fields or disciplines.

DCM 319

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING

Connections among such varied disciplines as physics, politics, and poetry will be examined and investigated within students' own discipline/profession. Using a variety of approaches to integrative and innovative thinking, students will explore interconnectedness, expanding possibilities, creativity, and decision-making.

DCM 320

PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

In this class, students will study the concept and use of professional portfolios and create criteria by which they will choose work to include in their own portfolios. They will assess and evaluate their professional goals using the portfolio as a tool in that assessment. Networking and sharing of information and experience will be emphasized.

DCM 321

CAPSTONE PLANNING

Students will begin the research for their capstone project, one that is directly related to the major and meant to be the final entry in the professional portfolio. Project ideas and topics will be discussed, refined, and formally proposed. Students will complete a review of the appropriate literature and construct a methodology by which they will carry out the capstone project in the final quarter.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 322

CAPSTONE PROJECT/PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Students complete the capstone project in this course and also will review their learning portfolio selections thus far and make strategic choices for their (1) professional and (2) learning portfolios. In addition, this quarter will provide students the opportunity to wrap-up and reflect on their learning overall.
Prerequisites:
A major in Leadership Studies, Applied Behavioral Sciences or Professional Communication is a prerequisite for this class.

DCM 306

PRODUCTIVE APPLICATIONS OF WORK BASED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

In this course, students will learn about work-based information technology by exploring Windows PC and Mac operating systems. Students will be introduced to common work-based applications software in MS Office: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook. Students will learn the basics, intermediate, and advanced level of MS Word, Excel, and Power Point. Students will explore the use and security of Internet applications for both Windows and Mac operating systems.

DCM 333

ADDICTIONS AND RECOVERY

This course seeks to explore and understand alcohol and drug addiction from a biological, psychological, and social approach. Students will learn about the different causes of addiction, understanding addiction as both a disease and a behavioral phenomenon. In addition, the societal effects of addiction will be explored, highlighting in particular the impact on mental health centers, hospitals and prison systems. Students will then study the most common drugs of addiction. Finally, a variety of treatments for drug addiction will be explored, and the class with culminate with students developing a treatment plan for a hypothetical case study.

PSY 353

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Description of the nature, symptoms, treatment applications, and cause of psychological disorders.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105 or 106 is a prerequisite for this class.